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Alone and Looking At The Mountain

Alone and Looking At the Mountain 

All the birds have flown up and gone;

A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other –
Only the mountain and I. 

I’ve been busy making more collage cards from recycled items. This time I’ve put together a card for a friend who lived in Peru. I had great fun researching Inca artwork and ancient geoglyphs like the Nazca lines. Peru is must do on my travel list but I have had to make do with Google images for now!

The Nazca Card is made with crepe paper, cereal boxes, gouache, paper bags, gold wire, split pins, and lots and lots and lots of glue. The plane takes flight when you open the card, with the reverse side being decorated with crepe paper and paint to represent a cloud. When the gold cord is pulled, the plane takes ‘flight’. The envelope features an Inca warrior on the front and a passage by Chinese poet Li Poh decorates the interior. I’m not fluent enough in Spanish to risk trying to interpret a more geographically-appropriate poem, however, I think the meaning of the poem is universal enough to suit the Peruvian mountains as well. I was taking a more design-focussed approach to this particular project, with blocks of black and white, and simple pen line work on the bare brown card. The plane represents ambition and perseverance over obstacles; the recipient of this card has just begun a Masters program.


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